DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Al Lewis (aged 82)
Actor (The Munsters)
Al Lewis (born Albert Meister; April 30, 1923 –February 3, 2006) was an American character actorbest known for his role as Count Dracula lookalike “Grandpa”, opposite Fred Gwynne’s and Yvonne De Carlo’s characters on the CBS television series The Munsters from 1964 to 1966 and its subsequent film versions. Later in life, he was also a restaurant owner, political candidate, and radio broadcaster.
DEATH: In his final years, he resided on Roosevelt Island in New York City. In 2003, he was hospitalized for an angioplasty, and complications from the surgery led to an emergency bypass and the amputation of his right leg below the knee, as well as all of the toes on his left foot. He died on February 3, 2006, of natural causes in a hospital. Following his body’s cremation, his ashes were reportedly “placed in his favorite cigar box.”